3. Your affiliation
Oregon State University
4. Your discipline
5. Across all ocean science disciplines, please list 3 important scientific questions that you believe will drive ocean research over the decade.
Questions related to the interface of ocean processes and society: Effects of climate change on ocean processes, coastal inundation due to coastal storms and tsunamis (also affected by climate change), ocean acidification and de-oxygenation.
6. Within your own discipline, please list 3 important scientific questions that you believe will drive ocean research over the next decade.
Wave breaking and related turbulence, effects of surface gravity waves on coastal ocean processes, dynamics near rocky shores.
7. Please list 3 ideas for programs, technology, infrastructure, or facilities that you believe will play a major role in addressing the above questions over the next decade. Please consider both existing and new technology/facilities/infrastructure/programs that could be deployed in this timeframe. What mechanisms might be identified to best leverage these investments (interagency collaborations, international partnerships, etc.)?
Although breaking waves tend to be featured on images related to Ocean Sciences (including the banner of the web [age associated with the decadal survey!), the funding that goes towards processes related to breaking waves is relatively small. Similarly, arguments related to the coastal (“brown”) ocean are used often in justifying work on ocean processes, yet important programs that address problems in the coastal region (e.g. CoastalSEES) function with 10% success rates. This is simply unacceptable and must change. I urge the committee to think carefully about societal needs and related research questions, and then consider the needed infrastructure.
8. Other comments pertinent to the committee’s charge.